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Away win needed!
10/11/07; Elche 3:1 CD Tenerife; A weak display from the blanquiazules and their first defeat in seven matches against a high flying Elche side who are on the edge of the promotion places in the Spanish second division.

Elche came flying out of the traps and put the Tenerife defence under intense pressure. Tenerife manager Oltra has been criticised because with nearly a third of the season gone he still does not seem to know his best team and the tactics are continually changing.

The home game against Xerex was a delight for players and fans alike
The home game against Xerex was a delight for players and fans alike

Santa Cruz - 24.11.2007 - The local lad gave the team a great start against Xerex, scoring the first goal

After weathering early attacks the game seemed to have settled down but a Chino Luna goal on the half hour mark opened the door for the victory for the green and whites of Elche. The second half was a repeat performance of the first with play dominated by the local side on the Mediterranean Coast and it was just a question of time before they extended their lead. Victor on 50 minutes and Belvis on 70 minutes made sure of the three points for Elche and a late consolation goal from Tenerife midfielder NDiaye was too little too late for the blanquiazules who are one of only two teams (the other being Las Palmas) who have not won away yet this season.

18/11/07; CD Tenerife 3:1 Xerez
Sometimes it is difficult following the fortunes of Tenerife, years of under achieving have taken their toll of even the most ardent fans. But this match made it all worth while!    The season so far had taken a very similar path to the last few, good pre-season, a lot of hype about how much better the team were, positive results in the first few weeks, then the doubts start. Unable to win away, knocked out of the Cup, most supporters were thinking here we go again!  But I am convinced that this season IS different!

We have two top goalscorers in Nino and Arruabarrena (Nino is joint top scorer in the league) and I am sure Tenerife can string a few good results together. The media pressure on the Island is intense, not many Spanish second division clubs have so many reporters following their every move and radio commentators criticising for the sake of it, this does not help the players or the management but they have to rise above this. Even the President Miguel Concepcin publicly stated that we should be doing better.  I cannot see that this helps the cause in the slightest. 

Manager Oltra played his trump card and brought in local lad Ricardo to start in midfield and the gamble paid off. After just four minutes of the start Ricardo unleashed an unstoppable shot from outside the area and the ball flew into the top corner of the net.  What a goal! The blanquiazules were spraying the ball about with some style and a second goal was on the way.  This time Ricardo set up Iriome to slot the ball into the goal after 24 minutes.  It certainly was a goal made in Tenerife as both players are from the Island.  Nino had a great chance to put the game beyond doubt soon after but his shot just missed the far post.   Tenerife were on fire and the crowd of just under 11,000 were enjoying the display.  However the second half started badly for the home side as Marc Bertran gave away a penalty and Yordi pulled a goal back for Xerez. The referee lost control at this point and he made some baffling decisions mainly against CD Tenerife and the fans let him know about it. But just when things were getting slightly tense up popped Nino to score with a solo effort straight from a Juan Pablo goal kick as he beat two Xerez players and blasted a powerful shot that left Xerez goalkeeper Porato with no chance whatsoever.

Tenerife should have added to their lead during the closing stages but the 3-1 scoreline sent all of the supporters home happy and the blanquiazules are now the second best home team in the Spanish second division, they just need that elusive first away win!
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Football legends in Adeje

..Fancy seeing Bruce Grobbelaar and ex Liverpool and Rangers star Mark Walters in action?   The first Tenerife, Masters International six a side tournament is taking place in the Adeje sports pavilion just off exit 79B from the TF1 (the Los Nieves/Los Olivos exit).  With a mix of local and international teams and the all-stars, the games are taking place on the 1st and 2nd December from noon till 6 pm both days.  Entrance is free for children, 5 for adults.

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The home game against Xerex was a delight for players and fans alike The Player: Ricardo, The local lad gave the team a great start against Xerex, scoring the first goal  
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